COUSINS LAW: Missing Children Bill

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Lyric and Elizabeth were murdered near Evansdale

Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook were last seen riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale on July 13th. 

Five months later, hunters found the girls’ remains in a wooded area of Bremer County. 

The girls’ disappearance didn’t meet the requirements for a statewide amber alert because there wasn’t a suspect or a vehicle.

But this session, Cedar Falls Senator Jeff Danielson plans to introduce a bill in honor of the girls to help find missing children. 

The Cousins Law would allow law enforcement to inform the public of missing children within hours of a disappearance. 

“Primarily we hope to improve the information flow to the public,” explains Danielson, “so both law enforcement agencies, the media, and especially all the social media, and the new ways in which people are communicating with each other, let’s take all that activity and use it for good.”

Supporters have already gathered thousands of signatures on line to push lawmakers to change the guidelines for calling for the public’s help in missing children’s cases.